Up and Above in Europe: Best Paragliding Sites in Europe

It’s easy to think of a perfect European getaway. You can go backpacking and enjoy the immersive culture of the country side, if not you can visit cultural heritage sites as well as museums but for a more adventurous getaway why not spend your weekend paragliding to enjoy the scenery and vastness that Europe has to offer.

  • Chamonix, France

Paragliding in Chamonix offers a spectacular view of the French alps as well as Mont Blanc. An added perk to this paragliding tour is that the conditions in the area is perfectly suited for beginners who would want to enjoy the view of the alps and valley.

Photo Credit: Flickr- fo.ol
Photo Credit: Flickr- fo.ol
  • Kobala, Slovenia

The Julian Alps is an all year round attraction that offers a breathtaking view of the mountainous regions of Slovenia as well as the valleys around it. The weather and wind conditions are perfect for a smooth glide across the alps that offer a front row seat to view the majestic scenery.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons TamaMer at Slovenian Wikipedia GFDL (httpwww.gnu.orgcopyleftfdl.html)
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons TamaMer at Slovenian Wikipedia GFDL (httpwww.gnu.orgcopyleftfdl.html)
  • Dune Du Pilat, France

Boasting one of the biggest sand dunes in Europe, the Dune of Pilat is a favorable paragliding site because of the forgiving weather and wind conditions as well as a very nice view of the ocean.

Photo Credit: Flickr Graeme Churchard
Photo Credit: Flickr Graeme Churchard
  • Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany’s vast vineyards and wine regions doesn’t only offer complex wine it also serves as a spectacular view during a paragliding session. Make sure to enjoy a glass after your adventure.

Photo Credit: Pixabay monica_valladares
Photo Credit: Pixabay monica_valladares
  • Oludeniz, Turkey

Take the adventure going to Oludeniz and enjoy the breathtaking view of the crisp blue seas as well the foliage surrounding the beaches of Turkey.

Photo Credit: Flickr Dan Taylor-Watt
Photo Credit: Flickr Dan Taylor-Watt

TIP! Make sure to contact tour groups and inquire about the rates as well as the schedule for paragliding to make the most out of your trip. Although a bit costly, paragliding is an activity that you wouldn’t want to miss.

The Thrill Seeker’s Guide to the USA: Bungee Jumping

Let’s kick things off with a short guide for all you adrenaline junkies out there. Here is a short list of the most adrenaline packing, rush-giving, goosebump-inducing… (well you get the point!) bungee jumping sites in the US of A.

TIP! Make sure to contact tour groups in advance so that you can be advised regarding the peak times for bungee jumping as well as the rates for the tour groups!

  • Navajo Bridge, Arizona

Along with a breathtaking view of Arizona, this 467 feet jump is as breathtaking as the surroundings.

Photo Credit: Flickr glynlowe
Photo Credit: Flickr glynlowe
  • Parrots Ferry Bridge, California

What can be considered as a moderate jump (scaling at about 180 feet), this bungee tour is great for beginners as well as jumping veterans.

Photo Credit: Flickr Helen Gordon
Photo Credit: Flickr Helen Gordon
  • Rio Grande Bridge, New Mexico

We have a more experienced jump with the Rio Grande Bridge in New Mexico. Standing at a whopping 680 feet drop this is reserved for the more adventurous among thrill seekers.

Photo Credit: Flickr Doug Kerr
Photo Credit: Flickr Doug Kerr
  • The Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge, Colorado

Now if you think that you can handle the rush of a 1053 feet jump then book your trip for September and pay the Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge a visit. You need to be registered to be able to jump this bridge but simply watching people take off is enough of a rush for some.

Photo Credit: Flickr joevare
Photo Credit: Flickr joevare
  • High Steel Bridge, Washington

A favorite among experienced jumpers, this 365 feet drop not only satisfies the adrenaline cravings of any adventurer but also provides a breath taking scenery of the Pacific Northwest.

Photo Credit: highestbridges.com
Photo Credit: highestbridges.com

Off the Grid Locations in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is popular for its casinos, hotels, and live shows that would challenge any city for its night life but Las Vegas is more than just The Strip. Here’s a short list of things to do in Las Vegas without going inside a single casino.

  • Visit the Grand Canyon

Although it’s not within the vicinity of Las Vegas. There are various day tour groups and tours that will allow you to enjoy this majestic view.

Photo Credit: Pixabay neufal54
Photo Credit: Pixabay neufal54
  • The Neon Boneyard

Much of Las Vegas history lies in its hotels and casinos which are more often than not coupled with glamorous neon signs. Once these signs (along with the establishments at times) retire they find a new home in the Neon Boneyard. Make sure to contact tour groups that offer night trips.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Randy Heinitz
Photo Credit: Flickr- Randy Heinitz
  • The Hoover Dam

If you’re a sucker for road trips then a visit to the Hoover dam is for you. Just an hour drive from Las Vegas proper, the Hoover dam is a marvel to behold. Various tour groups offer guided tours so be sure to check them out.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Airwolfhound
Photo Credit: Flickr- Airwolfhound
  • Lake Mead

After visiting the dam be sure to visit Lake Mead. The lake offers various water activities that are offered in what is considered as the largest water reserve in the USA.

Photo Credit: Pixabay tpsdave
Photo Credit: Pixabay tpsdave
  • The Mob Museum

Make sure to visit the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas to have an interactive crash course on Mob history as well the the history of the city during the prohibition. Sit in the electric chair or see mob paraphernalia in this weirdly noir trip down Las Vegas memory lane.

Photo Credit: Flickr- kennejima
Photo Credit: Flickr- kennejima

Viva Pinas | Filipino Festivals in July

Viva! Pinas is a series that features some Philippine Festivities to help you plan the itinerary of your next vacation to the Pearl of the Orient. This time, we feature some of the festivals during the month of July.

1. Sandugo Festival

This is a festival that is celebrated every July in celebration of the friendship between Datu Sikatuna and Spanish Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

Sandugo Festival
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2. Kinabayo Festival

This colorful festival is held in Dapitan every July to commemorate the city’s conversion to Christianism during the 1600’s.

Kinabayo Festival
Photo Credit: dapitancity.gov.ph

3. Cordillera Day

Cordillera Day is celebrated with colorful dances and good food in commemoration of the founding of the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Cordillera Day
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4. Pagoda Festival

This is celebrated every July, in commemoration of the Holy Cross of Wawa. The Cross is paraded in a special pagoda along the Pasig River, accompanied by other pagodas in a parade.

Pagoda Festival
Photo Credit: bulacan.gov.ph

 

 

Explore the Rockies

Canada has become insanely popular of late because of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The charismatic 23rd PM of Canada has made waves with his modern views and very personable personality. It’s not a far thought that he would come from the Great White North.

It’s time to explore the Canadian Rockies which is filled with inspiring scenery of lakes, mountains and glaciers. The peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains can be found between Alberta and British Columbia where there are beautiful sights to see. Here are a few you must not miss if you should find yourself in the Rockies.

Lake Louise

Photo Credit: Pixabay hansiline
Photo Credit: Pixabay hansiline

Banff

Photo credit: Pixabay SHAWSHANK61
Photo credit: Pixabay SHAWSHANK61

Jasper

Photo credit: Flickr ilya_ktsn
Photo credit: Flickr ilya_ktsn

Athabasca Glacier

Photo credit: Flickr Lukes_photos
Photo credit: Flickr Lukes_photos

Icefields

icefields Flickr Gary Ullah
Photo Credit: Flickr Gary Ullah

Visiting Australia: Sydney Start up

No visit in Australia is ever complete without a visit to New South Wales, Sydney.  The city is a mix of both culture and excitement as it offers various things that is sure to enchant and invite new tourists and adventure seekers alike. These are but a few of the sights and sounds that Sydney has to offer.

  • The Sydney Opera House

What seems to be the world-known image for Australia, the Sydney Opera House is an iconic staple in the canvass that is the Sydney Harbour. Make sure to check the various tours that are offered to fully appreciate this architectural wonder.

Photo credit: Pixabay- skeeze
Photo credit: Pixabay- skeeze
  • Royal Botanic Gardens

Enjoy tranquility and serenity amidst the buzzing metropolis that is the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Gardens is a home to various collections of herbs, foliage, as well as flowers and succulents. After a long and relaxing walk, tourists can relax and unwind in the cafes or enjoy a lovely picnic with a wonderful view.

Photo credit: Flickr- David Berkowitz
Photo credit: Flickr- David Berkowitz
  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales

From contemporary and classical works by European artists as well as Asian creations to traditional Aboriginal works, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has a vast collection that caters to museum goers as well as tourists looking to see the culture that Sydney has to offer.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • The Rocks

This suburban area has a historic feel that makes it popular among tourists. There are numerous offerings within this area such as weekend markets, pubs, museums, as well as art galleries that’s sure to pique the interests of new comers and tourists visiting Sydney for the first time.

Photo credit: Flickr- Mohd Hafiz Noor Shams
Photo credit: Flickr- Mohd Hafiz Noor Shams
  • Bondi Beach

To top off the list is Bondi Beach. No trip to Sydney is ever complete without going to its pristine beaches. Bondi Beach offers the essentials for a perfect surfing beach. Excellent waves, cafes, and a laid back vibe make Bondi Beach a must go for all you surfing junkies out there.

Bondi Beach karlnorling Flickr
Photo credit: Flickr- karlnorling

Photo Editing Apps to Use When Traveling

We all want to capture absolutely amazing photos but sometimes we need a little help in making our photos stunning. With a few easy edits we can easily achieve this. What’s more we can do these on our phone with photo editing apps that are now readily available on most devices. Here are several FREE apps you can use on your next travel adventure.

Snapseed

Tools to Perfect Photos-  Basic edits, RAW Develop, Selective adjust, Healing and more

Filters to Add Style- such as Glamour Glow, HDR Scape, Noir and many more.

Stacks for Managing your Edits- re-edit any filter any time

Snapseed

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VSCO

Superior mobile presets and advanced camera controls
Publish your own images or curate other photos to your personal VSCO profile.

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Pixlr

Boasts of over 2 million combinations of free effects, overlays, and filters. Includes collages, layering of multiple photos, effect packs, and more.

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Qwik

Basic edits and features Artwork, Typography & Effects to your photos.

41 Filters & Light Leaks

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Mobile

Taken from Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom gives you the option of more than 40 presets.  You can play with color, adjust clarity and add vignettes.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

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Adobe Photoshop Express 

Basic edits, Blemish removal, image rendering, RAW photo support (selected cameras) and one touch filters.

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Photo Editor by Aviary 

Gorgeous photo effects, filters and frames, One-tap auto enhance, Focus (Tilt Shift), Cosmetic tools and more.

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PhotoDirector

Powerful & Easy Photo Editing Tools- Basic edits but also includes a feature to apply photo effects both globally or to specific regions of your pictures, HDR, photo effects & layer editing

Includes a collage maker and ability to remove unwanted objects or people

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iPhone